From clients …
Bob’s patience and commitment to teaching dogs both fundamental and positive behaviors is remarkable. As a puppy novice, I did not know where to start. But Bob taught me things that paved the way for Oso and I to progressively communicate better.
– Matt Jaeger, Bloomington, IL
After my initial consultation with Bob, I knew if anyone could help Xena with her aggressive behavior toward other dogs, it would be him. Xena responded so effectively to his methods – it was a great relief! I finally felt like I could handle and improve my dog’s aggression because Bob gave me the training tools to help Xena feel more relaxed and confident with other dogs. Xena and I still have a long way to go to, but I after our training package with Bob its safe to say, Xena and I are way more satisfied in daily life. We understand each other and communicate on a new level. –Lora Campbell, Bloomington, IL
The insights you have given our dog’s human companions have enabled us to accommodate and shape her (neurotic) inclinations such that she is a more relaxed dog and we are less stressed humans. I commend you without reservation to any dog “owner” experiencing behavioral difficulties. The fact is, your techniques work, and your knowledge of canine behavior has enabled us to “decode” seemingly inscrutable/irrational conduct on our baby’s part. You are, to use the Yiddish, a “mensch” and a wise one at that. –Bill Campbell and Robin Leavitt, Bloomington, IL
Words cannot fully express the gratitude I have for Bob’s help with my dog. Cinnamon missed some key socialization as a stray puppy, making her distrustful of strangers, and more recently had an incident with an off-leash dog, resulting in her being fearful of walks around the neighborhood. When Bob came out for the consultation, I was in tears. I consider myself to be an experienced dog owner, but nothing I tried (including another trainer) was helping Cinnamon with her insecurities and I couldn’t bear to see her so unhappy. He said, “I know exactly what to do” – and he did. Her progress with being more relaxed with visitors to our home and slowly expanding her comfort zone in our neighborhood has been amazing.
Bob helped me develop a much better understanding of my dog’s behavior and needs. And, because of that, I feel I have formed a stronger bond with her. His approach is 100% positive reinforcement with focus on the individual dog’s needs. While we still have work to do, I know Bob has provided me with the tools and skills to help Cinnamon continue to grow and blossom into a happier, more confident dog. –Carol White, Chenoa, IL.
Several wonderful things have happened since your visit to our home last month. I got a second crate so both of them have a place to feel secure. All it took was a generous portion of treats, and Roman was sold on the idea. Roman also accepted the clicker training like a champ. We are successfully, and politely, walking on a leash – without walking in circles around me – staying on the sidewalk, and no pulling. We still have some work to do, but this has been a very positive experience for all of us. The most important part is that I’ve shed a lot of the anxiety that I had been carrying around. I very much appreciate your time, generosity, and your encouragement. –Erin Box, Bloomington, IL
Three and a half years ago I adopted an 8-year-old mastiff (Mac) whose profile said he got along with all dogs. At the time I had an 8-year-old yellow lab who was healthy and an 8-year-old black lab who was sick (Dave). Mac displayed some strange behavior with Dave. I thought it was aggression and got very worried. I was hoping all three at the same age would get along but Mac and Dave were having issues. I called every dog trainer I could find and no one wanted to help. My last call was to Pawsitive Transformations. Susan answered my call and reassured me that Bob would be able to help and we set up an in home consultation. Bob did wonders to help us integrate Mac into our home, and Mac and Dave did great after a few sessions. Mac (165 lbs.) has a new sister Lucy (14 lbs.) – they also get along great. Thank you Susan, for answering my frantic call and giving me hope on the voice on the other end of the phone. I am sure if Mac could he would thank you too! –Sharon Clawson, Clinton, IL
Today I took Doug for a walk. As we started out I noticed another individual with a dog in the distance. I took Doug about 25 yards off the trail and we continued walking, making a direct line to the far side of the other person/dog, while treating Doug and telling him to “leave it.” When he initially saw the other dog Doug didn’t bark or pull. He looked to me for treats – as I gave him treats and told him to “leave it” we continued on our way without any pulling or barking! As we continued on our way and rounded the corner, there was a man walking not more than 10 feet from us. Doug did not bark; he did pull in the man’s direction but I said “good boy, c’mon, let’s go” and he continued on without any craziness. WHO IS THIS DOG!!?? I cannot tell you how great it was for me to experience this with Doug! I am so grateful for your help in dog/human training us because I know that a big part of Doug’s success today was me knowing how to be calm, aware, and supportive of his limitations and needs. Thank you so much for your help in getting us to this point and I look forward to continued progress! –Joe and Shalen Adams, Clinton IL
Bob saved our dog’s life! When our dog Levi bit one of our other dogs we were afraid we were going to have to put him down. Little did we know Levi’s aggressive behavior was really a cry for help. Bob helped us figure out what things were really triggering Levi’s outbursts and helped us develop a plan to deal with them during the very first session. By the second session with Bob, we had already begun to see changes in Levi from just the few simple suggestions Bob had made. Over the course of five sessions Bob helped us restore Levi’s confidence and his true personality returned. We’re happy and relieved to say that Levi is doing great but we couldn’t have done it without Bob’s help! –Gretchen Shelly & Len Meyer, Normal IL
Although my dog interacted frequently with other dogs, he did not approach other dogs nicely when out walking. In just a couple of months, Bob helped us turn that behavior around and most importantly taught me how to handle a situation when it does occur. Bob’s training methods are all gentle and positive, which helps build a stronger relationship between you and your dog. Bob runs a very courteous and professional business and ensures you are comfortable with the activities he plans to carry out in your home and with your pet. He provides quality training during the scheduled training session and makes sure you have the information you need to feel confident in training your pet on your own. I recommend Bob to anyone that has a need! –Cheri Fischer, Normal, IL
It has been a pleasure working with Bob and Susan to get help for my dog, Lucky. Susan was accommodating and flexible with the scheduling of my sessions. Bob was very helpful and knowledgeable and has been able to shed some light on my dog’s aggression issues. He explained to me that Lucky is actually fearful and it is my job to help him when he is in that state. After 4 sessions, I feel like I have the tools I need to help Lucky progress further and to help him work through his fear of other dogs. I appreciate the kind, positive way that Bob has helped Lucky and me! –Amy Garst, Normal, IL
We are so grateful to Bob! Our dog Kirby started showing aggression to people and other dogs passing the house about a year ago. Over time it worsened and we came to our wits end. A friend recommended contacting Bob and we are so glad we did. Bob provides the instruction and education that can only set you and your furry friend up for success!!! After only a few weeks of training, Kirby is doing so well and he is much more comfortable in his yard. We look forward to what the future brings and couldn’t be happier – thank you Bob! –Jenny Koehler, Bloomington, IL
We are so pleased with the progress Gus has made working with Bob! We’ve had lots of dogs over the years and been to countless dog training classes, but this experience has far surpassed all of those. Having Bob come into our house to work with Gus and the rest of our “pack” has been invaluable. He helped us to see simple changes we could make in our home environment to help Gus’ behavior with the cats as well as training US to react differently. More importantly, we all look forward to his visits – he’s so positive, calm and supportive! We’re huge fans and look forward to continuing to work with Pawsitive Transformations. –Lisa Mion and Lisa Shasky, Bloomington, IL
“We all just wanted to say thank you very much for the wonderful work you did with Yeti, and all of the things you taught us humans. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. It was so important to us that training be a positive, loving, rewarding experience and that’s exactly what you taught us and provided for her. Bob, you are such a kind, gentle, funny, calming person and we felt refreshed and energized after every transfer session and training session that we were able to be a part of. It was so obvious that you fell in love with Yeti as much as she fell in love with you. That means so much to us! We will be recommending you to everyone we know with a dog or puppy! You are doing exactly what you were put on this Earth to do, and that is an amazing thing to get to witness. Thank you so very much, from the bottom of our hearts and kongs!” –Amy and Justin Baker, Normal, IL
“My Son and his Best Friend REUNITED! We had an unfortunate incident where our 8 year old Wheaten Terrier, Chewy, was startled out of a deep sleep and charged at our 14 year old son, growling. When I blocked Chewy from getting to my son, Chewy bit my arm causing deep wounds which required an ER visit and stitches. Chewy has been a part of our family for 7-1/2 years and we had never had any problems with Chewy. Needless to say, my family became fearful of Chewy, especially my son. I am so grateful that we found Pawsitive Transformations. Bob was absolutely wonderful working with our family and Chewy. After just the first session, we knew immediately that Bob was the person we needed to re-establish our “pawsitive” relationship with Chewy. Since working with Bob, our son is back to having Chewy sleep in his room at night and having Chewy sit in the chair next to him watching YouTube videos and video games together! We cannot thank Bob enough and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone seeking dog training, regardless of how mild or severe the dog’s behaviors are that need to be addressed.” –Jackie Beyer, Bloomington, IL
“The session we had with Bob continues to pay dividends. Both dogs wait politely for me to put their leashes on at walk time – before it was nearly impossible to put leashes on them. Now their entire demeanor on walks is different – cooperative instead of wild and intensely willful. Teddy would like to add a note of appreciation that Bob’s training of me improved MY walking behavior! He adores my new insight that it is his BRAIN that we’re taking on the walk. He benefits so much from the sensory immersion in dog-priority smells, sights & sounds, now explored much more at his pace than I used to do. Interestingly, as predicted, the “leisurely” amble on an enrichment walk leaves him more mellow and ready to relax than just fruitless efforts to wear him out. Thanks to Bob, our walking is happier and smoother than it would have been without his help.”–Ellen Culpepper, Bloomington, IL
Who knew that before I sought Bob’s assistance, I was unwittingly ‘teaching’ my dog some of the very behaviors I least wanted? Bob’s friendly and low-key approach to training gave me insight in addition to the tools I needed to communicate better with my dog. It was enlightening! Bob showed me how to make the most of my dog’s natural instincts to train him to behave in ways that I wanted. Best of all, I realized that like any valuable relationship, it continues to evolve and improve with practice and consistency. I highly recommend Pawsitive Transformations – Bob helps you speak ‘the language’ your dog can understand. –Janet Hill-Getz, Bloomington, IL
We felt very fortunate to find Bob. His gentle demeanor and positive training philosophy was a perfect match for us and our adopted pit bull, Bella. Bob provided us with numerous resources and ideas to compensate, modify, and shape Bella’s behavior and calm her anxiety. We now feel more confident and better equipped to address Bella’s anxiety-related issues. We love that Bob is involved with the local shelter and shares our passion for animal rescue too. He really is a compassionate professional and a pleasure to work with! –Lisa Vinney & Chad Millar, Bloomington, IL
We brought our Maltese, Ella, home five years ago when she was a puppy. We took her to a puppy obedience class at a local pet store, which was hardly successful. After somewhat mastering “sit,” the trainer told us that Ella would have to get by on her looks.
When we found out Ella was going to have a baby brother, we knew Ella’s behavior had to change or she was going to find a new home. So, we called Bob for help. At his initial consultation, he had Ella eating out of the palm of his hand, literally and figuratively. After four sessions, Ella’s behavior had improved dramatically. Guests who come to our home even comment on Ella’s improved behavior. Because of Bob, Ella will get to meet her brother.
Bob has been great to work with. He always encourages us to contact him between sessions as needed. Further, he not only teaches Ella, but he also teaches us how to teach and work with her. We are very fortunate to have met Bob.
–Matt and Liz Majernik, Bloomington, IL
“I feel so blessed to have had Bob come and work with me and my Granddog, Nola. He is so gentle and kind and showed me how to train her in only positive ways. He taught me that training your dog can be fun and not work! I am so pleased with her progress and look forward to using all that Bob has taught us!” –Jill Nickel, Bloomington, IL
“We knowingly adopted a high energy dog. We thought we knew what we were getting into. But when she wouldn’t leave Azsure alone, and constantly jumped on everyone, including the kids, we realized we were in over heads. We tried the books and the whole dominance thing. It just wasn’t working. We were at the end of our rope. So we contacted Bob. He came in for an assessment, and before he left, he had our spazzball sitting quietly at our feet. We were amazed. Over the course of the next weeks, Bob not only taught Zuzu self-control, he also taught us how to help her as well. Bob helped us all to feel good about ourselves and our interactions. His utter patience and compassion are compelling forces on behavior (both canine and human!). Today, it is almost as though we have a different dog! We cannot stress enough how wonderful Bob is.” –Andrew and Azsure Hedges, formerly Bloomington, IL
“My new Vizla puppy and I had a rough start. Remi was difficult to potty train and didn’t respond to my training attempts at all. Bob was recommended by a friend and after one session we experienced amazing results. It was remarkable how quickly and effortlessly Bob made the training seem. Even a simple phone conversation one evening solved an issue with house training. Bob has the ability to make training easy for both human and canine. Fantastic!!!” –Chad Berck, Normal, IL
“Fancy Face, our rescue English bulldog suddenly started to show aggression toward our younger dog, Bessie. The aggression was especially bad when Bessie attempted to come near the couch. Bob was quickly able to identify the behavior issue and provide us with training techniques to modify the behavior. We are very pleased that after only a few weeks, the aggression has disappeared. Fancy not only allows Bessie near the couch, but will allow her to jump up on the couch with her with no reaction. We are so grateful to Bob for helping us to learn how to restore peace to our house.” –Chris and Dave Werry, Normal, IL
“My dog is uncomfortable with strangers in our house, so I called Bob for help. He was very patient, and explained his approach in a way that was easy to understand and follow. He laid out an action plan with detailed step-by-step instructions to help my dog become more comfortable interacting with strangers. Now I can have people over at my house again and know that my dog is comfortable with them and enjoys their company as well.” –Sandra Healy, Normal, IL
“What a lucky day it was when I asked some friends how their new dog was doing and they told me about this really cool guy called Bob. After a few weeks of sessions with Bob, my dog and I are communicating in ways I didn’t know existed. Thumbs way up!” –Kathleen Weir, Bloomington, IL
“By working with Bob early on in our puppy’s life, we were able to get off to a great start. Bob helped us learn to communicate effectively with our Japanese Chin puppy, Yoshi. After using the cues and shaping methods Bob taught us, our home is much more calm and relaxed. Also, Bob was great at incorporating our young daughter into the training. She is much more confident and relaxed when dealing with Yoshi after working with Bob.” –Stephanie Muxfeld, Normal, IL
“My husband and I have two boys and three dogs, and we’re all doing our best to have an organized, peaceful home. Although all the humans in the house are well-intentioned, we each had a different idea of what obedience meant and how to achieve it from the dogs. Bob is helping us manage the multitude of relationships within our family with effective, positive techniques that make everyone feel more empowered and relaxed. Our truly blended family is moving toward a good balance of fun, discipline, and mutual respect.” –Ann Kafer, Bloomington, IL
“As a volunteer at the Central Illinois Humane Society, I saw Bob work with a pit bull and was very impressed. So when I had a problem with my 7-year-old German shepherd, Mason, I knew who to ask for help. Bob’s preparation for the visit was very thorough—he took down Mason’s complete behavior and health history, as well as details about our relationship with Mason.
We have incorporated Bob’s suggestions into our daily routine and now have a happier relationship with Mason. I would highly recommend Bob if you have any problems with your canine family members.” –Tim and Julie Pogue, (formerly Normal IL / now Palm Springs, CA)
“I have watched Bob work with a number of challenging dogs here at HSCI. The way he works and the response he gets from the dogs is amazing! Bob takes the most challenging dogs we have, brings them into volunteer classes, and reviews challenges and solutions to many behavior issues. Bob not only helps our volunteers with dog handling, but also provides new adopters with a free session of training tips in their home. Bob is compassionate, and donates so much time to helping our dogs find their forever homes. Our shelter is truly blessed to have Bob’s help and expertise!” –Stephanie Bainbridge, adoption counselor, Humane Society of Central Illinois
“Pawsitive Transformations has turned training our dog from a frustrating chore into a delightful exercise! With Bob’s instruction, we have taught our dog good manners through consistent, positive techniques and by rewarding incremental success. Instead of hours of frustration, we enjoy the time spent in training; and our dog does, too!
Bob’s gentle, calm, and composed manner with our dog set the tone for a pleasant and productive training session. With just one session, our newly adopted dog learned some simple cues for good manners; and my husband and I learned an easy approach to successful interaction with our pet!
Bob was friendly, conscientious, perceptive, resourceful, and professional in working with us and our dog. We were delighted with his service and wholeheartedly recommend Pawsitive Transformations to those who wish to bring out the best in their dog.” –Melanie and Jim Vales, Normal, IL
From other professionals …
I have had the honor and privilege of working with Bob Ryder here at Peaceable Paws, and can recommend him highly to any dog owner who is looking for an exceptionally caring and competent coach to help with a canine family member. Bob is a rising star in the positive-reinforcement dog training profession, and dogs and humans alike will benefit from his knowledge and compassion.
– Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA Peaceable Paws
Bob brings skill, honor and compassion to the dog training profession. His thorough background in learning theory coupled with his hands-on expertise in working with dogs is what helps him be so successful with each individual dog. Bob is committed to using positive reinforcement training techniques for the dogs he works with, as well as his clients. His keen listening skills allow him to easily absorb and understand a client’s needs and then deliver an effective training or behavior modification solution. Bob is great with dogs and great with people! In three short words: He’s the best!
– Lisa Waggoner, CPDT-KA, PMCT Cold Nose College
I was extremely fortunate to get to know Bob during our Instructor’s Academy at Peaceable Paws. Bob is everything I would look for in a trainer…he is knowledgeable and compassionate and has a true passion for his work. He is a true believer in the power of positive dog training. So if you want to “pawsitively” transform your furry friend, Bob can help with good manners or other behavior issues.
– Heather Smith, PMCT All 4 Paws Dog Training
Bob does amazing work! It would be difficult for a veterinarian to travel to the home of each pet who is in need of behavior counseling, but the home environment is important for developing a treatment plan. Therefore, the resource Bob offers the pets of McLean County is a wonderful gift.
– Torry Steffen, DVM, Highland Pet Hospital
Please call (309) 451-8348 or email us for more information and/or to set up a consultation appointment.
Serving Bloomington/Normal and the surrounding area in Central Illinois.